War We Are In, Part Two: Communism vs. Capitalism, The
- Publication date
- ca. 1962
- Public Domain
- Digitizing sponsor
- National Education Program
This film is part two of a television program of lectures given by Dr. George S. Benson, the president of Harding College in Searcy, Arkansas. In this program, he redefines the meaning of peace from the point of view of communism. Communists are promoting peace fronts to get Kennedy to eliminate atomic weapon power, since they are stronger in manpower. Peace to a Communist means eliminating capitalism and Communists will engage in this cold war until they can compete in a "hot war". Co-existence to a Communist means, "you leave me alone until I'm strong enough to knock your block off", which Dr. George S. Benson predicts they could compete with us in atomic power by the years 1970-1975. They will fight the cold war and fight capitalism by going undercover and gaining leadership over many non-communist organizations, by infiltrating employees and alienating them from their employers, and by concentrating on women's organizations and appealing to colored workers, appearing to be the party of the collective and the worker.
A television monitor, showing the profile of a man speaking and gesticulating (Dr. George S. Benson speaking against "international communism")
Man speaking behind a podium with four microphones mounted on it
The faces of three audience members, looking very attentive and serious
Man faces of audience members. serious and attentive
Pan across the faces of the audience, one young woman asleep, head nodding forward
EXCELLENT COMMIE PROPAGANDA
Cold War scare film. Dr. Benson speaks from a podium and waves various Communist periodicals, speeches and the like. He quotes JFK, Hoover, Eisenhower and Khruschev.
"Their [Communist countries] objective remains the total conquest of all the earth."
"To the Communists peace means destroy the capitalist countries."
"The Communists and fellow travelers are under orders [from Moscow] to fight the anti-Communist groups in America."
Talking about how American Communists plan to take power: one method is to "work with the colored, join them in any problem they have, be their friend under all circumstances, make the Communist party appear to be the party of the colored;" also to "concentrate on women's organizations."
Anti-communism Cold War
- 2002-07-16 00:00:00
- Closed captioning
- United States
- ca. 1962
- Run time
Subject: the revelation
Subject: War we are in
Okay mandrakes you can stop with the " horrifying " comments about the protocols.
What is horrifying about them, that they are false, or that they are true ?
Or actually, simply that people read them for themselves, and make up their own mind ???
I probably should read them, just because you keep obsessing about them...
Go ahead, be hysterical as you wish, but a better substitute would be thinking.
It is time to stop being scared, about words.
If the protocols are wrong, then expose them, provide the documentation, refute them point by point, and show how they are wrong.
Here is a novel idea: some things, some patterns, some conduct, some examples might be true, even if they are in the protocols.
But the issue are just a bit larger than those found in THAT one book.
The movie is interesting, and as to the point about Communism, Marxist- Leninists murdered millions and millions of people in the old Soviet Union, for the high crime of disagreement. And that is not counting all the other millions who were sentenced to the Siberian prisons of the Gulag , for either praying [religion was a crime] or exercising freedom of speech.
Subject: playing loose with language
Democracy and capitalism are not hand-in-hand of course.
And it's horrifying, though not surprising when you look at his comment history, to see Ron Raygun referring to the 'protocols of the elders of zion' as anything but an anti-Semitic forgery.
Subject: History Repeats Itself
Subject: That Was Then...
fundamentalist school in Arkansas. By the hyper-ventilated standards of today's right-wingers
(Limbaugh, Beck, etc.) this is a fairly calm, straight-forward review of the Communist threat
of that era. One of the earlier posters noted that everything Benson said would happen did happen. OK, but nonetheless, we won and they lost. It took a long period of sacrifice, patience and determination on our part, but finally, the USSR collapsed in upon itself from its absurdity. Cuba and North Korea are the only two communist nations left in the world. The Castro regime would collapse in a few years if we lifted the embargo and exposed the people there to our people and commerce. From Castro's point of view, the embargo is a gift that keeps on giving, providing a ready-made excuse for why
Cuba is desperately poor. I wouldn't be surprised, however, if the current students at Searcy College are taught that President Obama is a Kenyan socialist determined to ban guns, set up death panels, blah, blah, blah...such is the debased rhetoric of the modern right-wing. They ought to study this film for lessons in logical, fact-based debate.
Subject: This guy is on something
Subject: Exceptional Courage
Subject: Historically interesting
Subject: Benson Burner!
Subject: God Bless George S. Benson, a Great American
It only takes a surface reading of history to discover that much of what Dr. Benson was warning America back in 1962 was attempted in the following years.
The Cold War did accelerate.
Herculean efforts were made to weaken America's resolve.
Churchmen were recruited to lead "peace fronts" and put pressure on America to unilaterally disarm.
The USSR did accelerate its atomic development.
The US was blamed for all the world's ills (and continues to be blamed for them)
Anticommunist groups were smeared.
Etc. Etc. Etc.
Most, if not all, of the developments about which Dr. Benson warned, did happen to one degree or another.
And maybe it's because I grew up "down there" and heard Dr. Benson speak often, but his style, while admittedly eccentric, didn't seem to me to be "psychotic" (perhaps a little "smearing" is going on at this site?).
George S. Benson was a great American. He was a missionary, a college president and one of the few voices in academia who told the truth about communism.
Subject: Funny and sad, at the same time
Subject: The war we want
Subject: Pertinant to our time
Subject: A man whose ideas live on?
Benson's organization also gave us the films "Brink of Disaster" and "Tragedy or Hope", available here at archive.org. Yipes!
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